It's not enough to set out a course of action in the offseason, stick with it and then go into battle.
That's a good starting point for most teams, but the personnel battle continues once the season begins.
Teams must be willing to make trades and acquisitions to climb the ladder. While that may be perceived as instability by some, it also shows a willingness to constantly go through the process of self-awareness as a season progresses.
For those teams that are hesitant to go through that process, there's a little thing called the NHL standings to look at every day that can help a general manager indicate what needs to be done next.
Here's a look at seven teams that will revamp and threaten (to make the playoffs or contend for the championship) in the 2012-13 season.